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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

1. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça & Óbidos Shuttle Tour

Leaving from your hotel in Lisbon, this tour is for the devout as well as for those who love the history of Portugal. Fátima is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world, and it will be your first stop so that you may visit the site where Our Lady of Fátima appeared in 1917 to the three shepherd children. You will also visit the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta Marto and Lúcia are buried, the Igreja da Santíssima Trindade (Church of the Holy Trinity), the largest Catholic sanctuary and the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions).  The tour continues to breathtaking and rural Batalha where the monastery awaits you. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the Battle of Aljubarrota and is the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal with traces of Manueline architecture. Alcobaça is a city not to be missed by those who wish to feel the hospitality that is so intrinsic to this coast and a visit to the Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and best preserved monuments in the country. The tombs of Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro are located here as a tribute to the greatest Portuguese romantic tragedy.  After lunch you will go on to Óbidos, a town for queens until 1883 and perhaps why it has maintained a romantic and picturesque setting that has been so well preserved over the centuries. Afterwards with the sunsetting behind you, head back  to your hotel in Lisbon.

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From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

2. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos Tour

After pick-up from your Lisbon hotel, head to Fátima. Visit the Basilica, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Chapel of Apparitions and the sanctuary of Our Lady Fátima, which is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. After Fátima, head to rural Batalha to visit the monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the best example of Gothic architecture in Portugal. Next, experience the hospitality of Alcobaça. Visit the tombs of the Alcobaça Monastery, one of the most visited and best-preserved monuments in the country. After lunch, go to the romantic and picturesque town of Óbidos before ending the tour at sunset and heading back to your hotel in Lisbon.

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Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

3. Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour

Discover the Centro region of Portugal with a full-day private tour of Fatima, Alcobaça, the Batalha Monastery, and Óbidos. This region has a vast and diversified cultural and historical legacy that will fascinate you. Come and discover national values and emotions and have an unforgettable experience. Kick off with a visit to the Sanctuary of Fátima which welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world due to its stature as one of the most revered catholic sites in the world. The tour continues to the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, ordered by King D. João I in 1386 in thankfulness to the Virgin Mary for the victory in the battlefield of Aljubarrota. See the Monastery of Alcobaça, which began being built in 1178 by the monks of Cister and is the first completely Gothic building ever to be built in Portugal. Both the Batalha and the Alcobaça monasteries are presently UNESCO’s world cultural heritage sites.  Next visit the beautiful town of Nazaré and admire its amazing landscapes. Finish with a visit to the precious village of Óbidos which was taken from the Moors in 1148 and established under king D. Sancho I in 1195. Due to its charm and beauty, Obidos has been included in the dowry of numerous Portuguese Queens throughout the centuries and you will see why. 

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From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

4. From Lisbon: Tour Fátima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos

Travel from the bustle of Lisbon to Fátima to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and see the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Church of the Holy Trinity. View the elegant Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary which has been visited by many Catholic pilgrims and tourists. Next, stop in Batalha to visit the monastery and appreciate one of the most important Gothic sites in Portugal which took over a century to build. Journey to Alcobaça, to marvel at the famous Convent of Alcobaça. Head to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you have the option to stop for lunch to try the fresh fish while admiring a wonderful sea view. Enjoy visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré and learn more about the Legend of Nazaré. Finally, drive to the medieval town of Óbidos to go to the fortifications at the Castle of Óbidos. Drink like a local with cup of Ginjinha de Óbidos, served in a chocolate cup.

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Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

5. Lisbon: Obidos Medieval Village and Monasteries Tour

Travel to the charming town of Óbidos and the coastal town Nazaré on a day trip from Lisbon. Expand your knowledge of Portuguese history as you explore these ancient settlements. Stop by the Gothic monastery of Batalha and the Baroque monastery of Alcobaça. Be picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon and relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned car as you drive to the town of Óbidos. Admire the well-preserved examples of medieval architecture in this hilltop town which is surrounded by fortifications. Travel to the picturesque seaside village of Nazaré. Take in sweeping views of its long sandy beaches and white buildings with red roofs. Watch as surfers try to catch one of the large waves that the town is famous for. Drive to the 12th century monastery of Alcobaça. View the rose window and see the catholic monastic complex where Portuguese royalty was once laid to rest. Continue to the monastery of Batalha to see its imposing Manueline Gothic architecture before returning to Lisbon.

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Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

6. Lisbon: Private Guided Tour of Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça

After a pickup from your hotel, start the day with a visit to the Castle and the Convent of Christ in Tomar. Gaze in awe at the various styles of architecture including Romanic, Gothic, Manueline, and Renaissance. Learn about the history and legends of the Templar Order and the Christ Order. You will understand the role that the orders played in the creation of the Kingdom of Portugal and in the maritime discoveries. Discover the symbols inscribed in some stones allowing you to get involved in the mysticism of the secret orders. Next, visit the monastery of Holy Mary of Victory. This monastery, usually called Batalha, is not only the largest Portuguese gothic monument but also the birthplace of the Manueline style of architecture and the place where the first Portuguese stained glasses were made. Learn more about the architecture, history, and legends of the ones that started the maritime discoveries, like Henry the navigator, who is buried there. Your last stop will be at the Royal Abbey of Alcobaça where the largest Portuguese gothic church is. In this monument, you can admire the gothic architecture of the twelfth century and discuss the influence of the Order of Cister in the creation of the kingdom of Portugal. Listen to the tragic love story of King Pedro I, the cruel one, and his beloved Inês de Castro, who was murdered by his father's order. In your free time, you'll have the opportunity to savor lunch or a snack, buy souvenirs, and take photos at your own pace.

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Lisbon: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour

7. Lisbon: Tomar, Batalha, and Alcobaça Monasteries Tour

While heading north towards the Convent of Christ at Tomar and the Knights Templar headquarter in Portugal, you will discover the centuries-old link between them and the Kingdom of Portugal. With your guide, visit the convent's famous Manueline Window and the original round church (Charola), built at the end of the 12th century by the first great Master of the Templars. You will then proceed to Batalha, a 14th-century monastery built as a fulfillment of a promise made by King João I in gratitude for the victory in a battle against Castile. This secured the throne and guaranteed the independence of Portugal. You will then witness the Monastery of Batalha, a national Gothic-style building influenced by Manueline art. Following that, you will have an hour's free time for lunch at Batalha town. Finally, prepare to be dazzled by a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art, the 12th-century Monastery of Alcobaça, founded by the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques. For its size, purity of architectural style, quality of materials, and the care with which it was built, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1989. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Through Lands of Cistercians Tour

8. Lisbon: Full-Day Through Lands of Cistercians Tour

On this full-day tour from Lisbon, discover the heritage left by the Cistercian order in Portugal and visit the Monastery of Alcobaça. After lunch in Nazaré, a village made famous by its giant’s waves, discover Óbidos, a medieval village completely surrounded by the old castle walls and classified as a literary town by UNESCO. Before leaving, taste the typical gastronomy, chocolate and “Ginja de Óbidos,” a kind of world-famous cherry liqueur. In the middle of the 12th century, the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques agreed with the Religious Order of the Cisterians to build the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça (UNESCO heritage site), the first entirely Gothic Portuguese construction. Throughout the remaining Middle Ages, the Cistercian monks had a major role diffusing the young Portuguese language and in the development of agricultural techniques. At the abbey, since 1269 the first public school was established and also assistance and work for the less favored. Here, you will also find the remarkable tombs of King Peter I and Ines de Castro, a tragic and beautiful love story, now lovers side by side for eternity. Upon arrival, it is strongly recommended to drink a cup of coffee and try the famous monastic pastries at the Alcoa pastry coffee shop. After the visit to the Abbey, you will pay a short visit to SPAL Ceramics. Afterwards, enjoy free time for lunch at the fishing village of Nazaré, outstanding for its sea related traditions and sightseeing. Stanley Kubrik and Cartier-Bresson were some of the world famous photographers that lost their way photographing the village and its traditions. The giant 30 meter waves that Garrett McNamara surfed are also famous worldwide. After lunch, stroll through the narrow alleys of Óbidos, a medieval wall surrounding the village conquered from the Moors in 1148, and taste the famous Óbidos cherry liqueur, a cultural heritage from that era.   

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What people are saying about Alcobaça Monastery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

It was great to be able to visit the historic sites that are hard to reach by bus or train. The accommodation located on a hill, making access a little difficult, but the guide came before the appointment. guide was very friendly and the description for the site was so good. I recommend this tour.

I know it took me a while to give my opinion, but if I came back it's because the guide was very good, I even wanted to contact him again to recommend it to other friends and family. I hope he and his family are safe during this pandemic. Thanks.

The excursion delivers what you propose by attending and even exceeding what you anticipated when you signed your contract. The professionalism of the driver / guide was exemplary.

I love the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and give us time to see everything, he was very patient as well. I recommend it 100%!!!

The sights were beautiful our guides were super fantastic and they made the journey super they were friendly nice and patient